ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, September 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that doubles team Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai have officially qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, to be staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 17-26.
Hsieh/Peng join Italian duo Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci and Makarova/Vesnina in the doubles competition. The remaining five doubles teams will be determined during the WTA's Asian Swing, which is highlighted by the Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo), Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China Open (Beijing) and Kremlin Cup (Moscow).
Defending champions at the WTA Finals, Hsieh and Peng reached the No.1 doubles ranking earlier this year, becoming the first Asian team to hold the top spot. In 2014, the pair won titles at Roland Garros, BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Qatar Total Open (Doha). As a team they own a perfect 12-0 record in finals throughout their career and return to the WTA Finals for the second consecutive year.
The 2014 WTA Finals will feature the Top 8 singles players competing in a round-robin event, while the Top 8 doubles teams will be competing in a single-elimination draw. For the latest Road to Singapore leaderboard for singles and doubles, visit wtatennis.com.
WTA Finals Legends Ambassador Martina Navratilova: "Hsieh and Peng already know what it takes to win on the biggest stages. Their distinctive style, both playing double-handed off both sides, gives their opponents real headaches but is a lot of fun to watch. The fans in Singapore are in for a real treat."
WTA Finals Defending Doubles Champion, Peng Shuai: "I am very excited to make the WTA Finals in Singapore. The last couple of years in China, tennis has become more and more popular. This is the first time the WTA Finals will be in Asia - and Singapore is a really interesting city. Last year, my partner [Hsieh Su-Wei] and I had a really good tournament and a lot of good memories."
General public can purchase tickets through Sports Hub Tix wtafinals.sportshubtix.sg. For more information log on to the WTA Finals website http://www.WTAFinals.com, Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG) and Facebook (facebook.com/WTAFinalsSG).
SOURCE Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)